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Remembrance Day 2018: How to wear your poppy and what it means

Every year, volunteers with the Royal British Legion (RBL) brace the cold November air to sell poppies.

Poppies help to fund the work RBL does to support members of the armed forces and their families.

People across the nation wear the flower as a mark of respect for our fallen heroes.

During the RBL's Poppy Appeal, remembrance events, including Remembrance Sunday are held to honour those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Read below to learn more about the period of remembrance in the UK, how to wear a poppy and the meaning behind the symbol.

What is the Poppy Appeal?

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The Royal British Legion's biggest fundraising campaign is held every November, the period of remembrance, when the charity distributes its iconic paper poppies to raise vital funds to help the armed forces community.

Numerous cities across the country dedicate a day to distributing poppies and getting the public involved through activities and entertainment, from military bands to cheerleaders.

Why poppies?

At the end of the First World War, poppies were the first flowers to grow in the Northern France and Flanders battlefields.

Canadian surgeon John McCrae first recognised the flower as a symbol of the fallen in his poem In Flanders Fields.

The current paper poppy design was introduced in 1982.

The flower is red because that is the natural colour of a field poppy and does not represent blood, according to the Royal British Legion.

It reminds us of the men and women who died in conflict and also stands as a symbol of hope for the future.

When can I buy my poppy?

You can buy from trusted volunteers, from The Royal British Legions online Poppy Shop, or from one of our corporate partners to make sure your poppy isn't fake. (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Poppies are on sale from October 26 until November 11, with sites at major supermarket chains, train stations and high street stores, according to The Mirror.

Failing that, they're available from the RBL website for £1 suggested donation.

The funds will go to the Royal British Legion Benevolent Fund to help members of the armed forces' dependents, veterans and the bereaved.

The RBL spent over £85 million on social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-servicepeople and their families in 2014.

How do I wear the poppy?

There are many myths surrounding the 'correct' way to wear a poppy, but the Royal British Legion says people can wear the symbol any way they'd like.

The RBL says: "There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy. It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it."

Some people choose to wear the flower on their left to keep it closer to their heart, while others insist men wear it on their left lapel and women wear it on the right.

Another rumour is that only members of the Royal Family are allowed to wear theirs on the right, but this is not true.

The RBL said the best way to wear the symbol of hope is to wear it with pride.

What does the Royal British Legion do?

The Royal British Legion is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

It was set up in May 1921, with an aim to care for those who had suffered as a result of military service during the First World War.

The two minutes of silence as a form of remembrance had already been established, and the Legion held the first Poppy Appeal that same year.

When is Armistice Day?

Poppies' will decorate Cambridgeshire for Armistice Day, make sure you are buying your merchandise from a trusted place.

Armistice Day, on November 11, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918.

As a result, there is a two-minute silence held to mark the occasion on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. During this time, the nation remembers those killed in the two world wars and the 12,000 British servicemen killed or injured since 1945.

The armistice essentially ended four years of fighting in the First World War.

What are the main Armistice Day events?

There is a service of remembrance outdoors at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 11, the Queen and senior royals lead two minutes' silence at 11am at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

More than 20 wreath-laying events are happening on Sunday around Cambridgeshire.

Read the story below to find the right event for you.

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